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Students protest lack of Counseling Center resources

Students protest lack of Counseling Center resources

Susanna Fravell, Staff Writer

November 14, 2019

  Most finals involve writing essays or studying for a big exam but in the Community Psychology’s class, it hosted a walk and sit-in to bring awareness to improvements to the Counseling Center and mental health. Psychology students partnered with the Psych Club to host a protest that began in...

VP of Student Affairs addresses Counseling Center concerns at town hall

VP of Student Affairs addresses Counseling Center concerns at town hall

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

November 13, 2019

The Faculty Senate, Administrative Senate and Staff Council held the second town hall of the academic year Nov. 13 with Vice President of Student Affairs Khalilah. Doss answered questions that faculty have anonymously asked. Some of her key points include: Student Affairs are working with t...

Students face mental health hardships as semester winds down

Students face mental health hardships as semester winds down

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor

October 29, 2019

Suicide rates are at an all-time high for U.S teens and young adults. and dealing with mental health has become one of the university’s main priorities. Over 5,000 males and 1,225 females between the ages of 15 and 24 committed suicide in 2017. It is now the second leading cause of death for Ameri...

New VP focused on remaining student-centered

New VP focused on remaining student-centered

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

September 10, 2019

Khalilah Doss remembers a different campus when she came to USI as an undergraduate. Doss, who competed on the track and field team at McKendree University, noticed a large discrepancy in the number of buildings and people on campus when she came for an interview for the Vice President of Student Affai...

Finding new ways to offer help

Finding new ways to offer help

Jeana Everhart, Staff Writer

April 2, 2019

Christina Zolezzi’s mother was hospitalized the summer before her freshman year of college. The sophomore nursing major said as she began college, she struggled with the burden of needing to speak with someone about what was happening in her life. This led Zolezzi to seek professional help from the ...

Letter to the editor: emotional support animals

January 25, 2018

Dear Editor: After reading the recent piece in The Shield about emotional support animals, the staff of the USI Counseling Center feel that it is our professional responsibility to share some important clarifying information with the campus community. We perceived the article as presenting a false dicho...

Chai Chat offers more than just tea

Chai Chat offers more than just tea

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

September 11, 2017

Students grasped ceramic mugs, hot tea swirling around their tired eyes Wednesday afternoon. College can be a time of high stress for some students. For international students, not only is the normal stress of college present, but they must also navigate learning a new language, becoming acclima...

Help is real, hope is real

Sarah Rogers, Opinion Editor

February 21, 2017

Reeling from personal loss, broken friendships, depression, and the transition of coming to college for the first time, Katie Biggs decided she no longer wanted to live. The junior psychology and creative writing major was a freshman when she was clinically diagnosed with depression. “I decided...

R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Gabi Wy, News Editor

March 17, 2016

President Linda Bennett announced at the beginning of the semester that the university will focus on the concept of “civility.” Bennett said this focus promotes healthy discussion despite critical differences in opinion, beliefs and culture. This week, The Shield explored the idea of political cor...

Collaboration to bring disease awareness

Nick Leighty, Staff writer

March 1, 2016

The Student Government Association and the university Counseling Center are collaborating to bring awareness to rare diseases that can have conditions that may be invisible. They will place silhouettes around campus that will inform students on the condition of the day and a ribbon of awareness ...

Sessions teach stress relief

Nick Leighty, Staff writer

February 16, 2016

The Counseling Center, Housing and Residence Life, Student Support Services and the university Social Work Department are sponsoring “Mindful Mondays.” Each day is a chance to learn peace of mind techniques and stress relief skills. Sessions cover different aspects of ways of improving one’s ...

Faculty discusses outside speakers

Gabi Wy, News Editor

February 5, 2016

Faculty Senate wants to find the balance between protecting university students and protecting First Amendment Rights. Based on complaints concerning Campus Ministry USA’s visit to campus Dec. 7, Faculty Senate discussed a drafted policy addressing potentially offensive speakers on campus Friday...

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